You can assign color labels to your files to make them easier to distinguish visually, to sort them by the color of the label, or to instantly track the status of files in your workflow.

You can select from 9 pre-defined colors. By default, labels are named after the name of the particular color. You can changes these color names to whatever you like.

In addition to the 9 presets, you can create more color labels by clicking the header “Color Label” in the Tags panel and pressing the [Ins] key. These newly created color labels will be automatically assigned a gray color.

Assign a color Label

There are various ways to assign a color label. You can do it on a Thumbnail Preview, in the Tags Panel, in the Properties Panel, via the File Menu, or by using a corresponding keyboard shortcut.

Assign a color label on a Thumbnail Preview



Left-click the color label icon below the thumbnail on the left. This opens a dropdown list from which you can select the color you want.

Alternatively, you can simply press the appropriate number on the keyboard number pad, where 1 to 9 assign the preset colors and zero assigns none (as in the screenshot above). After you have made your selection, the image frame and the tag icon change to your chosen color.

Assign a color label in the Properties Panel


Select a thumbnail in the Browser Window. In the Properties panel on the right of the screen, open the Description tab and select the color you want from the drop-down list on the right of the Color Label box color labels.

 Assign a color label in the Tags Panel


In the Tags panel on the left of the screen click the little triangle next to Color Label to expand the list. On the right, you can see the number of images that each color has been assigned to. You can now select one or more thumbnail previews in the Browser Window and drag & drop them onto the respective color.

Changing the names of the Color Labels

You can replace the predefined color names with names of your own.
For example, you might prefer to associate the different colors with certain steps in your workflow.
You could choose red for “Original File”, yellow for “In Progress” and green for “Final”. On the basis of color alone, you can see at a glance the status of each image in your workflow.


To specify your own color names, in the File menu, click Catalog Color Labels.

In the Color Labels window (see above) you can now replace the existing color names with names of your own.

Alternatively, to rename an existing color label, right-click one of the colors in the Catalog Tags Panel, and in the context menu select Rename.


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